Long-lost brothers, Randy and Eddie Waites, reunited after one spotted the other on a local weather report.
Two long-lost brothers in the US have been reunited after one saw the other on the news.
Randy Waites was watching a local weather forecast on TV when he spotted a man named Eddie being interviewed who shared his last name and resembled a family member.
After his daughter did some research, Randy found out he had a brother he didn’t know existed and the pair met for the first time on Sunday (6 February).
Randy Waites of Lodi never expected to find a new family member by watching the local news. Today, he connected with a brother he never knew he had after spotting a familiar last name on @kcranews. It was an honor to be there to capture this special moment.pic.twitter.com/4QTdic8N6q
Speaking to KCRA news in northern California, Randy said he was startled to see Eddie who “looked a lot like [his] dad in the eyes”.
Randy’s daughter, Cambria, agreed and began to try to find Eddie.
It wasn’t long until the pair connected and spoke over the phone.
Eddie said: “It was an instantaneous chill all the way from my head all the way down to my toes. At first I thought, it’s not possible. Once I seen a picture of him, I seen my dad. I seen our dad. I knew it was real.”
That\u2019s Eddie Waites on the left, and Randy Waites on the right. They share the same father. Do you see the similarities?pic.twitter.com/mPzzPugNJp
As Randy had never met their father, he said Eddie has been filling him in on details about his life.
“[I] never saw a picture of him my entire life,” Randy said. “[Eddie] has been texting me all kinds of different stuff, pictures of my grandfather, and filling in on the family history that I never had on that side.”
Our coverage just ran in the 5pm show, but you can catch this incredible story \u2014 and the very special in-person meeting between these two brothers \u2014 again tonight on @kcranews at 10.pic.twitter.com/xVaM5LqgZT